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United Nations condemns albino murders in Malawi, Tanzania

BLANTYRE, Malawi — The United Nations human rights chief said there has been a sharp increase this year in attacks on albinos in East Africa, especially in Malawi and Tanzania, calling the attacks “stunningly vicious.” “As a result, many people with albinism are living in abject fear. Some no longer dare to go outside, and …

Fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies at 66

View image | gettyimages.com LONDON — Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical “Discworld” series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. Pratchett, who suffered from a rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, had earned wide respect in Britain and beyond with his dignified campaign for the …

Secret Service testing drones, how to disrupt their flying

WASHINGTON — Mysterious, middle-of-the-night drone flights by the U.S. Secret Service during the next several weeks over parts of Washington – usually off-limits as a strict no-fly zone – are part of secret government testing intended to find ways to interfere with rogue drones or knock them out of the sky, The Associated Press has …

Liberia removes Ebola crematorium as outbreak is contained

MONROVIA, Liberia — Marking the progress in controlling its Ebola outbreak, the Liberian government dismantled a crematorium and removed drums containing the ashes of more than 3,000 Ebola victims cremated during the height of the epidemic, whose last patient was discharged last week. Liberia resorted to cremating the bodies of Ebola victims when communities rejected …

Airline group: More deaths in 2014 from fewer accidents

HONG KONG — The number of deaths in jetliner disasters spiked last year despite there being fewer accidents in total, an international airline industry group said Monday. The International Air Transport Association said in its annual safety report that 641 people died in airline accidents in 2014. Its figures don’t include the 298 people killed …

200 vehicles enter Nigeria to fight Boko Haram

NIAMEY, Niger — A resident in a Niger village says that 200 vehicles with soldiers from Chad and Niger have been seen crossing the border into Nigeria to fight Islamic extremists there. Adam Boukarna, a resident of Bosso which in Niger across Nigeria’s northeast border, said Monday that vehicles have been crossing since Saturday. He …

Taiwanese fishing boat with 49 crew members missing off Argentina; search underway

  TAIPEI, Taiwan — A search is underway for a Taiwanese fishing boat that went missing late last month off southeastern Argentina with 49 crew members, Taiwan’s official news agency said Saturday. Taiwan’s foreign ministry is helping in the search for the boat, which was reported missing on Feb. 26, the Central News Agency reported. …

Russian court charges 2, detains 3 others in Nemtsov killing

MOSCOW — A Russian court on Sunday charged two men in the killing of leading opposition figure Boris Nemtsov and ordered three other suspects to remain in jail pending a decision on whether to file charges. Russian news agencies said one of those charged has admitted involvement in the crime. Judge Nataliya Mushnikova said that …

Iraqi Minister: Concerns over IS looting third ancient site

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s government is investigating reports that the ancient archaeological site of Khorsabad in northern Iraq is the latest to be attacked by the Islamic State militant group. Adel Shirshab, the country’s tourism and antiquities minister, told The Associated Press there are concerns the militants will remove artifacts and damage the site, located 15 …

MH370 Report: Underwater locator beacon battery has expired

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The first comprehensive report into the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Sunday revealed that the battery of an underwater locator beacon had expired more than a year before the plane vanished on March 8, 2014. Apart from that anomaly, the detailed report devoted pages after pages to describe the …

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